Are you looking to plan an unforgettable winter vacation in Kashmir? Here are our top picks of off-the-beaten-path destinations for a memorable getaway in the mountains.
Kashmir is brimming with stunning sights, giving visitors a plethora of options when it comes to vacation spots. However, there are also some off-the-beaten-path locations around this “Paradise on Earth” that deserve to be included in any winter getaway. Below is a selection of the best lesser-known destinations in Kashmir listed by Cliffhangers India for an unforgettable holiday.
Located in the Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir, Baisaran Valley is just 5 kilometers away from the popular hill station of Pahalgam. The valley’s gorgeous landscapes include thick pine forests, lush meadows, and breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks. Due to its natural beauty, it has been nicknamed ‘mini-Switzerland’ and is a great spot for those wanting an offbeat winter getaway.
Lolab Valley is known for its natural springs and lush, dense forests of pine and fir trees. It is also known as the ‘fruit bowl of Jammu and Kashmir,’ because of its abundance of apple, cherry, peach, apricot, and walnut trees. Cliffhangers India will provide you with the best travel guide to Lolab Valley. Additionally, the valley is home to many natural landmarks and tourist attractions, like the Kalaroos caves. Many species of Himalayan wildlife, including the Himalayan black bear, Himalayan brown bear, snow leopard, ibex, markhor, and musk deer, also inhabit the area.
Doodhpathri is a picturesque paradise, with lush, green grasslands set in thick forests and towering mountains. Taking the road into the area is like entering another world. The route is a winding path through the valley, with the Doodhganga River flowing through it. The scenery is breathtaking.
Gurez, situated 8,000 feet above sea level in the Bandipora district of Jammu and Kashmir, is a peaceful and under-explored valley. It is bordered by snow-covered Himalayan Mountain ranges and was previously a passage on the Silk Road connecting Europe to Kashgar in China.
The lush valley lies along the Kishanganga River and is home to several tourist attractions, such as Razdan Pass, Tulail Valley, Harmukh mountain, and Habba Khatoon Peak. Read more about Gurez Valley Kashmir.
Not far from Pahalgam is another stunning hill station situated in the Anantnag district of Kashmir. The valley is surrounded by breathtaking meadows, clear skies, and the Lidder River running through it, making it a magnet for nature lovers. It is also the starting point for treks to the Kolohoi Glacier and Tarsar-Marsar Lake. During the winter months, tourists can enjoy activities like skiing and heli-skiing in the snow. This is the same valley which is the base for Tarsar Marsar Trek.
Daksum Valley, located in Bhringi River ahead of the Mughal Gardens of Achabal, is a paradise of natural wonders, including coniferous forests, secluded green meadows, snow-capped mountains, and clear trout-filled streams. It is the perfect destination for those seeking adventure and relaxation, offering activities such as camping, hiking, and sightseeing.
Nature lovers, adventurers, and couples alike can enjoy the spectacular beauty of the valley, as well as its simple rural life. Daksum Valley is a magical place for families, friends, and lovers to share an unforgettable experience in Kashmir.
Situated in the Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir, Bhaderwah is surrounded by the Himalayas and offers a variety of adventure sports. From paragliding at Seoj Meadow to skiing, mountaineering, rafting, rock climbing, angling, and camping, this hilly region has a lot to offer. Additionally, due to its diversity of snake species, Bhaderwah is known as ‘Nagon Ki Bhoomi’.
Visitors can also explore the Nagraj Vasuki Temple, sculpted out of a single stone, to take in the spiritual atmosphere. The beauty of Bhaderwah is further enhanced by its sparkling water bodies, diverse flora and fauna, rocky terrain, lush green pastures, and snow-capped mountains, making it one of the most beautiful destinations in Kashmir.
Karnah is a picturesque valley with a rich heritage represented in its forts, palaces, statues, weapons, and artifacts. Located 86 kilometers from Kishtwar and 78 kilometers from Kupwara in Jammu & Kashmir, the route to the valley passes through the stunning Sadhna Pass over the Shamsbari Range. The weather in Karnah is typically pleasant during the summer months.
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